Project Description

Thomas R. Bailey is the eleventh President of Teachers College, Columbia University. He has served on the College’s faculty for the past 27 years and is the George & Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics & Education. An economist with specialties in education, labor economics, and econometrics, Dr. Bailey is widely regarded as one the nation’s leading authorities on community colleges holds degrees from Harvard University and MIT. In 1996, he established the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Since 1992 he also has been Director of the Institute on Education and the Economy (IEE) at Teachers College. Dr. Bailey has been a member of the National Academy of Education since 2012. In 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed him chair of the Committee on Measures of Student Success, which developed recommendations for community colleges to comply with completion rate disclosure requirements. Along with Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins, Dr. Bailey recently wrote Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success.